Description:My uncle was an architect and designed a house for my wife and I, but he died before we were able to finish the plans. I have worked to carry the designs forward on paper, but need someone to take what was started and finish it. There is a lot of room for creativity and originality. It is one of my life goals to finish this design and build this home to honor his memory.
An introduction to Liam and Patti Savage, how we live and what we care about to help inform your design decisions and approach are as follows:
- The house is only for two people my wife and I, we won't have children or grow a large family, but we do host and have friends over, so the space is supposed to feel open.
- The kitchen should be social and includes a flat-top grill so I can cook for lots of people quickly and easily while staying a part of the conversation.
- The home is intentionally small, we can only occupy a little space at a time, so we never want to be so far that we can't carry a conversation easily.
- The space should invite nature in. We love Japanese gardens and traditional Japanese homes that sometimes have a tree in the very center of the house, or whole walls that can open up to blur the border between nature and the home.
- We love the colors of nature and the seasons and want the garden to feel alive and artistic, to include a tree or two, some form of water feature and rock garden.
- We love our jobs and work from home often, so having the lofted offices gives us a way to work overlooking nature and close to one another, with the ability to transform and close the spaces to take two separate calls at the same time or open things up and work together. Work and life are not separated because we are entrepreneurial and passionate, which is why having the office be able to be open and central to the rest of the living area upstairs would enable one of us to be working and talking with the other in the kitchen, bedroom, or living room.
- I am an artist and love to paint large abstract murals on wooden panel boards that show the grain, so the use of too much wood elsewhere might clash. The walls should be durable and flexible to allow me to change things easily. Drywall is difficult to preserve as I move or rearrange my paintings.
- I love the idea of hidden storage, stairs, deeper walls with embedded features, so things like TV's, my guitars or my wife's violin can be displayed or hidden.
- We want to emphasize the layers of the house, so you'll see things like a wood burning stove with a wood closet that can be accessed inside and outside, or a dumb-waiter to take coffee from the kitchen to the offices, or a laundry shoot that can takes the clothes from the bedroom upstairs to the laundry room downstairs.
- I nurture bonsai trees and grow herbs for cooking, so a greenhouse to grow our own vegetables attached to the kitchen would be amazing.
- We also have extended family and friends who visit, so having a detached guest house off the central garden would be very helpful.
- The Japanese garden in the center should be the focal point of the home, creating a sense of tranquility and seclusion, even if we live somewhere more urban or residential. The main living area and open kitchen, workshop and guest rooms can all face the center garden. The bedroom upstairs overlooks the living area and out into the garden, the offices upstairs and small balcony put you right there as well.
- We also designed a secret stair to the secret basement for storage, an extra guest room or video gaming room.
-Also, if you're familiar with Japanese Onsens, it's basically a hot spring or jacuzzi, they call it a bathhouse, we wanted to add something like that as well off the garden, perhaps elevated so it could see the trees, but others in the garden couldn't see up into it.
- Lastly, I love to build and need a space to paint, so a workshop also off the main garden would be ideal.
Description of Attachment Pages_
- Page 1 - The Third and last iteration of the floor plan Roger Savage designed.
- Page 2 - My attempt to incorporate Japanese styling to the back wall, garden facing portion of the house on the first floor.
- Page 3 - My attempt to carry the same lines up to the offices on the second floor loft.
- Page 4 - My attempt to redesign the entryway to have a Japanese shoe removal area and coat rack.
- Page 5 - The Second iteration on the floor plan given some feedback.
- Page 6 - The First version of the floor plan. you can ignore the part about horses, my wife used to ride, but we wouldn't have horses in the future.
- Page 7-11 - The first set of elevations.
If you want to see some examples of Japanese design:
- All I have currently is a floor plan, and that is hand-drawn, and needs some additional creativity to bring the outdoors in more, possibly arrange the spaces described above to be more cohesive.
- I've added things since our trip to japan, like incorporating sliding Shoji screens and tatami mat flooring, but I don't know how to design them very well.
- With the elevations, helping to plan how the windows work to open the space is another thing I don't know how to approach.
- The roofline and roofing is also a challenge for me, the initial plan was framed, but I think it is moving in a more modern direction, but I don't know how to plan that.
- We don't have a location or plot fixed, so it has to be designed assuming a general flat piece of land with no real views to capture or restriction on orientation that we can adjust to later when we do buy the property.
-I am proficient with Adobe Illustrator, if I could have floor plans as Illustrator files that would be helpful.
-Since we don't know where we will build it yet, maybe use the building codes you're most familiar with, I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida which is known for hurricanes and could potentially see us building here.
Don't Wants:I don't want you to feel restricted, I've said a lot of things about why the initial floor plan was made as it is, and you are free to keep elements you like or components together because my uncle was a really good draftsman and did these plans by hand, so don't feel like you have to start from scratch. But do also feel free to change things, I want you to feel freedom to express yourself and focus on the WHY behind his plans, rather than WHAT he actually drew, you have the freedom to be creative.
#25 Test_4 by olarum
- ArchiCAD — A.01.1 Basement
- ArchiCAD — A.01.2 ground floor
- ArchiCAD — A.01.3 First floor
- Lumion — Perspective 1 living
- Lumion — Perspective 2 kitchen
- Lumion — Perspective 3 from office to living
- Lumion — Perspective 4 office
- Lumion — Perspective 5 Bedroom
- Lumion — Perpective 6 Bathroom
- Lumion — Perspective 7 Logia
- Lumion — Perpective 7 Atelier
- Lumion — Perpective 8 Atelier
- Lumion — Perpective 9 guesthouse
- Lumion — Perspective 10 from office
- Lumion — Perspective 10 Bathhouse
- Lumion — Perspective 9 exterior
#45 Savage Loft (Japanese - Inspired) by FrancisDC
#46 Japanese house by derrickarbiol
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Site Plan
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Sections
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Ground Floor plan
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Loft plan Basement and Guest guest house
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Right and left sideElevation
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Front and Rear Elevation
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Interior Perspective
#40 Printable Pdf Binder by m2o_io
#14 Japan Inspired Loft by bilalk1
#29 Creative Japan Inspired Loft - Unique Floor-Plan - Integrate Nature - Modern and Compact by Kems Studio
- AutoCAD — japan pro 2d change 15-9-20-Model
- AutoCAD — japan pro 2d change FF 15-9-20-Model
- AutoCAD — japan pro 2d change GF 15-9-20-Model
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Image 08
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Image 07
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Image 01
- 3ds Max (3D Studio Max) — Image 02
- Adobe After Effects — New Japan House Walkthrough
#22 Landscape & Interior Rendering by Leo_CAD
#16 Test_03 by olarum
#13 Creative Japan Inspired Loft by Kems Studio
#10 Savage Loft Building Plan sketches by thirumaravans
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